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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection


Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20


Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.


As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


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Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
4377 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 32 Derwin J. Jeffries "Leadership" In each campaign we get more lip. Campaign, promises, lies, politicians, politics
4378 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 32 Derwin J. Jeffries A Stranger Rules It's "we the people" are to blame. Voting, candidates, campaigns, politics, politicians
4379 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 33 Derwin J. Jeffries The Spooky News Ol' Skinner's hunted grizzly bears. Government, civilization, politics, politicians, society
4380 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 34 Derwin J. Jeffries It's Always Halloween Ol' Harvey's got it figured out. Mass media, media, government, inflation, taxes, politics, politicians, society, fear
4381 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 36 Derwin J. Jeffries A Parent's Prayer Please send an Angel, Lord. Children, obedience, respect
4382 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 37 Derwin J. Jeffries An Open Mind? To give the world. Children, speech, mind
4383 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 37 Derwin J. Jeffries The Buddy Builders Some say that social skill's an art. Social, children, respect, rules
4384 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 41 Derwin J. Jeffries The Drovers Who whips us on against our wills. Bureaucracy, government,
4385 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 39 Derwin J. Jeffries IQ's And each shall get a number. Schools, testing, children,
4386 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 38 Derwin J. Jeffries The Bully Bus The tyranny to integrate. Integration, bully, prejudice, children, adults, schools, racism
4387 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 39 Derwin J. Jeffries Bussing Racism Some busses run on gasoline. Race, integration, cruelty, children
4388 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 41 Derwin J. Jeffries The Drovers Who whips us on against our wills. Bureaucrats, bureaucracy, government
4389 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 41 Derwin J. Jeffries The Big Boss Breaks Trail The Big Boss lives in Washington. Bureaucrats, government, politics, politicians, fraud, corruption, taxes
4390 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 42 Derwin J. Jeffries The Culls With rabbits we can make a stew. Bureaucrats, animals, politicians, corruption
4391 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 42 Derwin J. Jeffries The Mile-High Corral It's plain, as anyone can see. Overcrowding, fences, government, restraint, independence
4392 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 43 Derwin J. Jeffries A Whole Damn Herd O'Kings! The only place that I like kings. Democracy, royalty, government, corruption, monarchy
4393 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 44 Derwin J. Jeffries Who's Cussin' Who? We cuss our politicians out. Bureaucrats, government, crooked, corruption
4394 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 44 Derwin J. Jeffries A Tree Full of Owls We've got to watch those Congressmen. Politics, politicians, patrol, government
4395 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 45 Derwin J. Jeffries A Doggone Mess! In Washington, up on the hill. Congress, politics, amendments, law
4396 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 45 Derwin J. Jeffries The Flyin' Ass He's got hurry on his eyeballs. jump, jumping
4397 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 46 Derwin J. Jeffries Tally Time Ol' Skinner, he got hunted down. IRS, penalty, taxes, income
4398 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 47 Derwin J. Jeffries Hi? Our "Poor Ol' Len," he's got a wife. politician, politicians, sociologist, psychologist, politics, license, permit, inspection
4399 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 47 Derwin J. Jeffries Fifty Below! We've got to get our heads cut in. politics, politicians, law
4400 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 49 Derwin J. Jeffries Another Liein' Word They talk about "society." color, society
4401 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 49 Derwin J. Jeffries The Stray I strayed into the city here. city